Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Indistinguishability: when indistinguishability is used as an epistemic concept, an identity cannot be deduced from a given indistinguishability, e.g. in the case of mistaken material samples or color hues close to each other. If indistinguishability is determined with respect to a selected property, it is unproblematic. In the case of elementary particles, a complete description does not always lead to distinguishability. See also Leibniz's Law, Leibniz Principle, identity, partial identity, identification, distinctions, four dimensionalism.

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Distinction/Fraassen: a gradual distinction is also a distinction - E.g. observation by an electron microscope, through a windowpane. - There is no continuity.


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B. van Fraassen
The Scientific Image Oxford 1980


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